Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 1999 Corvette Callaway C12 Can Be Yours

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Even if you're not a fan of Jr. the car itself is still way cool.

Callaway built just 19 units, thus making each one special. So of course Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked one up back in 2004. We're talking about the Callaway C12, a highly modified, high-performance version of the C5 Corvette. The younger Earnhardt managed to acquire C12 #18, built in 1999. Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 paired to a six-speed manual. The C12 was originally built with the goal of winning the GT2 class at Le Mans. In fact, the C12.R, the C12's racing evil twin, took the class pole position at Le Mans in 2001, beating Porsche and Ferrari.

Built in conjunction with the IVM Engineering Group of Germany, the C12 project was a combined effort between Callaway Cars (USA) and Callaway Competition (Germany). Using the C5 as the donor car, the C12 has a completely new body that's a full two meters wide, which was needed to take advantage of Le Mans dimensional regulations. Engineers then developed a coil-over suspension with its own unique control arm, streamline tubing and high-pressure, gas-over-oil adjustable dampers. C12s cost an average of $200,000 a pop when new, and this one has just 24,432 miles on the clock. It's up for auction right now on eBay and, as of writing, the top bid is just over $50,000.

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